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Why do we UFO buffs keep coalescing around Roswell, Socorro, and a few other hoary UFO events?

Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:03
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I’m reading a review, by April Bernard in The New York Review of Books of David Ferry’s new translation of Virgil’s The Aeneid [November 23, 2017, Page 40 ff.], Ms. Bernard comparing various translations of Virgil’s Latin, old and new translations, suggesting that Mr. Ferry’s is one of the best, truer to the original than others.
And in The Times Literary Review for November 3, 2017 is a “debate” between two philosophers (Roger Scruton and Timothy Williamson) questioning whether philosophy is a science (or not). [Page 16 ff.]
Then there is … well you get the point: everyone has something that interests them, often to the point of near-obsession.
When it comes to UFO sightings and alleged incidents, we UFO buffs are enamored of those events that have lots of information and a hint of something extraterrestrial.
(Even skeptics are besotted with sightings that have an aura of ET visitation about them.)
We don’t get worked up with Kecksburg or Rendlesham as much as we do about Roswell, Socorro, or the Betty/Barney Hill “abduction.”
Kecksburg seems likely to be a fallen satellite and Rendlesham has now accreted so many obvious fabrications that to be consumed by it as a special UFO event would be insane.
(The Hill’s “kidnapping” is still fluid enough for some, because of Betty Hill’s fervent advocacy of the event, but for the rest of us, the event has a patina of hallucination about it.)
But Roswell? That thing continues to resonate as there are just enough odd elements to the original that remain unresolved for thoughtful UFO followers.
And Socorro, as one can see by the attention to Kevin Randle’s new book about it and his blog site’s posting that continues to bring commentary of sensible kinds, remains viable as a truly mysterious sighting where unexplained detritus keeps popping up.
One sees some ufological followers harping on how boring Socorro and/or Roswell are but yet both iconic UFO events still have grist for UFO buffs, old and new.
Just as a piece by Alex Ross in The New Yorkersuggesting the continuing thrill of Claudio Monteverdi’s operas [circa 1607 et cetera] owes to, not only to the majesty of the music, but also to the human insights that Monteverdi’s protagonists portray,. [Page 82 ff.], the UFO stories that keep us coming back for more have attendant details that are intriguing and perhaps relevant to who we are as human beings.
Many people, those who are intelligent and curious about things that interest them or mystify them, become consumed by the strange, often subliminal aspects of their favorite side-bars to life: quirks and idiosyncratic particulars that show up when one has an avid attachment to something.
Roswell and Socorro, and a few other sightings – we all have a favorite few that gnaw at our attention – keep UFO buffs coming back because they both are unresolved to a great extent.
Those, who like people that prefer contemporary fiction(s), or modern music, and a few who think philosophy is a dead discipline, can ignore UFO commentary on Roswell, Socorro, or other mildewed flying saucer stories, while the rest of us keep tethered to the stale residue of such sightings.
It’s our personal affliction or attraction, and it remains viable because it is still resonates with some of us, even though many of the rest of you have had enough.
Our madness shouldn’t drag you in.
RR – The UFO Iconoclast(s)


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  • Anonymous

    I have said this many times on this site… It is ridiculous that all we ever get is the same old stories.
    Like I have said before, every single day the ufo sites post at least several dozen stories of sightings
    by people all over the country, but every show, and every book always go back to Roswell and
    the other handful of cases that are so worn out, they make me sick.. What about the hundreds
    of cases that happen each month? Why not pick out a few of the more interesting ones in those
    ongoing sightings, and tell about those?

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